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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them.
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Cannes: Philip Kaufman’s Master Class; Robert Pattinson’s New Movie

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I spent my Friday afternoon at Cannes in a master class with legendary director Philip Kaufman ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being"). During the master class, French film critic Michel Ciment asked provocative questions, guiding Kaufman through his body of work. Clips were shown from a selection of his works including, "Goldstein," "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid," The Wanderers," "Henry & June," and "Quills." Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, who star in his new film "Hemingway & Gellhorn," were in attendance.Speaking about casting actors, especially those that are not well known, Kaufaman said you just "perceive something that tells you 'this man is great.'""Now, we were shooting a low budget film (“The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid”) for well under a million dollars up in Oregon during a rainy season, so we had no time for a rehearsal really," Kaufman explains. "[Robert Duvall] had read the script. I liked him. I was...
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Cannes 2012: Philip Kaufman Talks Tumultuous Romances and Trying Out TV With 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Cannes 2012: Philip Kaufman Talks Tumultuous Romances and Trying Out TV With 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'
It's been almost five decades since Philip Kaufman first came to Cannes with his 1964 debut "Goldstein," an indie comedy co-directed by Benjamin Manaster. In the time since, his varied work has encompassed wide-ranging themes, from the multiple Academy Award-nominated test pilot saga "The Right Stuff" to the 1978 sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" to the Nc-17-rated period drama "Henry & June." This year, Kaufman returns to the festival with what's his first feature since 2004 -- "Hemingway & Gellhorn," a sprawling romance tracking the relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen), already famous and twice married when the film starts in 1936, and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), a tireless war correspondent in an era when being a female in the field was unheard of. The two have a tumultuous, fiery connection that begins when they travel to cover the Spanish Civil War and...
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Attention: TCM’s George Eastman House Tribute!

This Wednesday, December 14: a full 24-hours of rarely-seen, rarely-screened gems.

The George Eastman House is one of the vital cultural and historical institutions (especially as the studios are trying to leave their remaining physical bits of film literally rotting in the dust). A major archive of the moving image, the Eastman collection contains over 25,000 films and 3 million (!) film artifacts.

In honor of it, TCM has programmed a full 24-hour celebration of some of the Eastman House’s finest gems.

So sayeth TCM:

In prime-time screenings during our tribute, Jared Case, Head of Cataloging and Access in the Motion Picture Department of Eastman House, will join TCM host Robert Osborne in introducing and discussing the selected films. Among the titles are several TCM premieres including the allegorical war drama Fear and Desire (1953), which marked director Stanley Kubrick’s feature-film debut.

That’s right. Fear and Desire. Kubrick’s first film
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